An Urgent Message From The Jim Collins Foundation

Dear Friend,

In the uncertainty of this political moment, there is a very real fear that advancements we have made for trans rights will be rolled back. That hate crimes will soar. That the 40% attempted suicide rate in the trans community will take more of our precious lives.

The Jim Collins Foundation is more important than ever, and we need your support.

You may know all about the JCF mission: we are dedicated to funding gender-confirming surgeries for trans people that need them. What you may not know is how unique and important that is. While some organizations provide small cash grants or fund hormone treatments, JCF grants fund complete surgeries that are life-changing. The costs are tremendous, and we can only do it with your help.

You may know that JCF has hundreds of applicants every year and can only provide grants to 2-3 people. But did you know that along with the despair, we hear story after story that just filling out the application, just knowing JCF exists gives people hope? For themselves, for our community. Now more than ever, we need that hope. Help us continue.

Please support trans health today. Donate to the Jim Collins Foundation and help save lives.

With love and gratitude, JCF Board

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Jim Collins Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

April 1, 2017 (New York, NY) – The Jim Collins Foundation (JCF), a national nonprofit organization with a mission to fund gender-affirming surgeries, is pleased to announce our three 2017 grant recipients, and our new grant cycle, starting April 5, 2017. This year JCF awarded two general fund grants and one matching fund grant. Our General Fund grants cover 100% of the medical fees associated with gender-affirming surgery. Our matching grant is from the Krysallis Anne Hembrough Legacy Fund (Hembrough Grants) which covers 50% of the medical fees associated with gender-affirming surgery; the recipient provides the other 50% using their own financial source. Jim Collins Foundation 2017 general grant recipients include Angie and Christyna Allen, and our Hembrough grant recipient is Cael Neary. Please go to our website to read their amazing stories.

“We are pleased to support our grant recipients: Angie, Christyna, and Cael,” said Ava Arnett and Julie Thibodaux, JCF board members. “The Jim Collins Foundation continues to hear from past year grantees about how we helped change their lives, and are honored to do the same or our 2017 grantees.”

More than 200 people applied for this year’s grant, demonstrating the continued urgency and financial need. With the addition of this year’s grantees, the Jim Collins Foundation has awarded a total of 15 grants since 2011. Our organization wouldn’t be able to continue without the hundreds of individual donors, including legacies and estates from around the country, and pro-bono services provided this year by Dr. Christine McGinn.

“I feel extraordinarily blessed and thankful to have been awarded the Jim Collins Foundation grant out of hundreds of applicants. After feeling so disconnected with my body my entire life, I now know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said 2017 grantee Angie.

Our 2017 Hembrough grantee, Cael said, “Thank you to the donors and volunteers of the Jim Collins Foundation, and to the friends and family who donated to my brief GoFundMe campaigns in the past, for making top surgery, what felt like an unattainable dream, possible in my near future. In all its forms, your support has changed and saved my life.”

“At the JCF they believe in me, they believe in us, as people. I’m thankful for the hardships I have gone through on this journey because it shows me, as well as everyone else, anything is possible if you need or want it enough,” said 2017 grantee Christyna.

For press inquiries and interviews, contact info@jimcollinsfoundation.org. For more information on the Jim Collins Foundation, grantees, the issues, and to donate, visit jimcollinsfoundation.org.

Jim Collins Foundation Announces 2016 Grant Recipients

April 5, 2016 (New York, NY) – The Jim Collins Foundation (JCF), a national nonprofit organization with a mission to fund gender-affirming surgeries, is thrilled to announce our 2016 grant recipients and open up a new grant cycle, starting April 15, 2016. This is the first year JCF offered two grant options for those seeking surgical grants. General Fund grants cover 100% of the medical fees associated with the gender-affirming surgery. Krysallis Anne Hembrough Legacy Fund (Hembrough Grants) cover 50% of the medical fees associated with the gender-affirming surgery, requiring each recipient to match grant monies received with their own financial source. Jim Collins Foundation 2016 Full Grant Recipients include Katrina Dawn Stewart and Bayn, and our first Hembrough grant recipient is Jonni Caldwell. Please go to our website to read their amazing stories.

“We are pleased to share the powerful stories of our grant recipients: Katrina, Bayn, and Jonni,” said Dru Levasseur and Tony Ferraiolo, JCF Co-Founders. “Like so many in the transgender community struggling to survive, they are following their dreams, and the Jim Collins Foundation is excited to support them.”

Health care discrimination against trans people is known to be linked to high suicide rates in the trans community. More than 300 people applied for this year’s grant, demonstrating urgency and financial need. With the addition of this year’s grantees, the Jim Collins Foundation has awarded a total of 14 grants since its founding in 2008, thanks to hundreds of individual donors from around the country and pro bono services provided by top medical professionals.

“This grant from the Jim Collins foundation does so much for me. It helps me see the end of that tunnel and the fruition of my struggles,” said 2016 Full Grant grantee Katrina Dawn Stewart.

“I truly cannot thank the people of the Jim Collins Foundation enough. What they do is beyond amazing. It's life-affirming. It's life-saving. I look forward to giving back in whatever ways that I can. I encourage everyone who can to donate to this wonderful program and those who can't help monetarily to remember that there are all kinds of ways to show your support for the trans community. Please help where you can. You may be saving a life,” said 2016 Full Grant grantee Bayne.

Our 2016 Hembrough grantee Jonni Caldwell s aid, “I am a big believer in Karma. I believe if I put out great energy it will come back to me. This grant is good Karma coming to me and it’s life-changing. The Jim Collins Foundation is giving me a gift that I’ve wanted my whole life.”

For press inquiries and interviews, contact info@jimcollinsfoundation.org. For more information on the Jim Collins Foundation, grantees, the issues, and to donate, visit jimcollinsfoundation.org.

Jim Collins Foundation Announces New Board Members

Jim Collins Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds gender-confirming surgeries for transgender people, today announced the election of five new members to its Board of Directors. JCF’s new board members, with backgrounds in psychology, medicine, and diversity training, have already worked for years with the transgender community through advocacy, direct service, and public speaking.

“We are thrilled to have the addition of such talented and experienced people to the Jim Collins Foundation board,” said JCF President Tony Ferraiolo. “We are more energized than ever to serve the transgender community through our grants, and raising awareness about the critical need for transition-related health care that is not being met.”

Joining JCF’s Board of Directors are:

  • Kylie Aquino, LMSW, psychotherapist at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; Education Co-Chair at New York+Acumen; member of the Executive Board of the NYU LGBT Alumni Network; 2015 Management Leadership for Tomorrow fellow
  • Dr. John C. Capozuca, licensed psychologist in private practice; supervising psychologist for the Gender Identity Project at the LGBT Center in New York City; consulting psychologist to the Michael Callen/Audre Lorde Community Health Center; Membership Chair of World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
  • lore m. dickey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences at Louisiana Tech University; co-chair of a task force at the American Psychological Association, writing Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
  • Anne L. Koch, D.M.D., founder and past Director of the Postdoctoral Endodontics Program at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine; consultant for providers and staff at various medical centers on aging and health care for transgender people
  • Ryan Sallans, author of Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life, public speaker, diversity trainer, and media advocate specializing in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues for the LGBTQ community

Full bios are available at jimcollinsfoundation.org.

Over 300 people applied for JCF’s current grant cycle, and applications are being reviewed by a national selection committee comprised of anonymous transgender individuals. The Jim Collins Foundation is a volunteer-run organization, and donations go directly toward grant recipients’ gender-confirming surgeries. Donations are still being accepted for the current round, and the number of grants awarded is dependent on funds raised each year.